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Siswati (Swati)

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General information
Name: Siswati
English name: Swati
Other names: Swazi
Population: 1,194,430
ISO code: ss
Spoken in the following countries: South Africa (Official), Swaziland (Official)


SiSwati is one of the official languages of South Africa, and is also an official language of Swaziland (along with English). There are 1,194,430 (2.66 %) first language speakers [2001 census data] in South Africa.

SiSwati is a member of the "Nguni" language group, and is most closely related to isiZulu, isiNdebele and isiXhosa.

SiSwati (Swazi) language tree
SiSwati language family tree.

Swati dictionaries


South African Oxford Multilingual Primary Dictionary (Nguni) (OUPSA)
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  • TRANSLATION SERVICES TshwaneDJe Language Services (Translation, Proofreading, Editing, Transcription and more, for all official South African languages and most major world languages).

Radio stations


A non-profit organization translating various OpenSource software packages such as and the Mozilla web browser into all official South African languages. They have released isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa and Afrikaans versions of OpenOffice.

SiSwati Wikipedia